Some games are just a little frustrating on mobile devices. The controls are rarely perfect, the action not quite as big as it needs to be and both the physics and the graphics just a bit of a let down. In fact, it often comes of something of an annoyance that you downloaded it in the first place.
Not so with today’s App of the Day on Pocket-lint. So, if you fancy a little good, old-style arcade racing, then you’ve come to the right place.
“Yeeeeehaaaw!!!” is the common parlance one might use to describe the fun you get out of playing Shine Runner on either iOS or Android. The shine referred to in the game's title is moonshine, essentially, and the running it is where you and your thumbs come in.
You play some nameless, faceless hero of a sort in the deep South. Your job is to drive one of those swamp, fan-powered, hovercraft things - as made world famous by the series Gentle Ben - from A to B around a basic map delivering and picking up cargo at each stop. Acceleration is automatic and braking is non-existent, so all you have to do is tap each side of the screen to steer. In other words, it’s dead easy but the fun comes in the shape of all the jumps you can make, objects you can smash and police you can evade. Add in the odd Wilhelm Scream for amusement and you already have yourself a winner.
The other side of the experience is the buying and selling of the commodities, which fluctuate in price, at each stop and doing your best to make as much cash as possible. In a way, it’s rather like a very rudimentary, redneck version of Elite. However, you want to think of Shine Runner though, what’s very clear is that it’s an absolute treat for anyone to play. We’re not convinced that the lasting appeal will hold any longer than a few weeks but it’s well worth it all the same.